Azerbaijan Decides Europe's Energy Security

Jul 31, 2013

Alexandros Petersen wrote, “In a fast-changing global energy landscape, yesterday's small actors are increasingly today's dynamic players and possibly tomorrow's major decision-makers,” in an article published by UPI.com earlier this week.  In this article and another, published in World Politics Review, Petersen analyzes the Shah Deniz’s selection of the Tran-Adriatic Pipeline over the Nabucco pipeline, ending more than a decade of indecision over the so-called Southern Gas Corridor.  He argues the decision could signal a shift in regional energy power, as the choice was made by Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR and not by Washington or Brussels.

The full text of the article published by UPI.com, entitled “Azerbaijan decides Europe's energy security” can be found here.

The full text of the article published by World Politics Review, entitled “With TAP Selection, Caspian Gas to Europe Will Soon Be a Reality,” can be found here.

Alexandros Petersen is an advisor to the Wilson Center's European Energy Security Initiative and the author of The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West.

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